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Accomplished Veena artiste, Srikanth Chary, began his training at the
age of six in Mumbai under the Veena vidwan Devakottai Sri Narayana
Iyengar. He later
studied music under the auspices of Shanmukhananda Sabha from Smt.
Sarma. At the age of eight, Srikanth was presented the first prize in a
music competition by the music doyen Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi.
After moving to the United States, Srikanth had the opportunity to
study music from the famed violinist Kum. A. Kanyakumari. This
opportunity awakened in Srikanth a keen love for music that he has been
pursuing ever since.
Since the early 1980s, Srikanth has been receiving advanced music
training from the music Maestro Padmabhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Sri
Jayaraman's baani (musical style) is well known for its purity of sound
and rhythm, its emphasis on tonal perfection, and its sparkling
creativity in manodharma sangitam (improvisational music).
Srikanth has adapted this captivating style to the Veena, and
explored the subtle nuances of this divine instrument while preserving
the traditional purity of Carnatic music. He has delighted audiences
all over with his scintillating music.
Srikanth has given many concerts in the United States, India and
Australia and has received excellent reviews. In concert at
Chennai’s Narada Gana Sabha in 1989, Srikanth was felicitated
the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M. L. Vasanthakumari, who presented
him with a silk shawl.
Srikanth has accompanied eminent vocalists like Smt. Charumathi
Ramachandran, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Papanasam Sri Ashok Ramani and the
Carnatica Brothers. He has also given jugalbandhis with Hindustani
musicians. In 1999, he was invited to perform a duet with Sangeetha
Choodamani Lalgudi Sri G. J. R. Krishnan at the residence of His
Excellency, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. During Fall 2002, Srikanth
was part of a violin-veena-venu team U.S concert tour with Lalgudi Sri
G. J. R. Krishnan and Sri K. R.Subramaniam. Srikanth was awarded "The
Best Veena Player Award" by the prestigious Chennai Music Academy
during the 2002-2003 music festival.
Srikanth frequently performs on television and radio and is a graded
artiste of the All India Radio. He has released three compact discs
(Janani, 1996; Tiger and Silk, 2002; Ethereal Melodies, 2007) which
have won rave reviews from music connoisseurs worldwide.
In 1989, Srikanth established a music school Nada Nidhi to pass on the
rich heritage of Carnatic music. His students include not only youth
being brought up in the United States who wish to absorb musical
aspects of Indian culture, but also seasoned vainikas (veena artistes)
who wish to refine and embellish their knowledge and techniques.
Srikanth’s students have performed widely to critical
They have also won prestigious awards in national and international
Poovalur Sriji (Srinivasan) a prolific composer, performer, educator
studied South Indian Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman.
For over three decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist
from both South and North Indian Classical traditions.
Since his move to the United States Poovalur has performed and recorded
with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor,
John Bergamo, Glen Velez to name a few. Poovalur has composed several
pieces portraying the South Indian idioms.
Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the
album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck,
V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. He is the
founding member of the group 'Brahmah'.
He found and directs the 'SNEW' and the 'South Indian Cross Cultural
Ensemble'. He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas.
He has taught at Calarts and the San Diego State University.
Sri K.V. Gopalakrishnan started
learning kanjira under his father and Guru Sri K.V.R.S. Mani. He is
currently undergoing advanced training under 'Sangeetha Kalanidhi'
He has accompanied many leading artistes such as Sri T. N.
Seshagopalan, Sri Sanjay Subramaniam, Sri N. Vijay Siva, Neyveli Sri R.
Santhanagopalan, Sri O.S. Thiyagarajan, Sri T.M. Krishna, Sri P.
Unnikrishnan, Malladi Brothers, Smt. Bombay Jayashri, Smt. S. Sowmya,
Smt. Ranjani & Smt. Gayatri, Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Smt. Aruna
Sairam, Dr N. Ramani (Flute), Sri R. Ganesh & Sri R. Kumaresh
(Violin duet), Lalgudi Sri G. J. R. Krishnan & Smt. Lalgudi
Vijayalakshmi (Violin duet), Sri N. Ravikiran (Chitra Veena), Sri U.
Srinivas (Mandolin), Sri Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone) and many others.
He has received awards such as the 'Harihara Sarma Award' for the Best
Kanjira artiste from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the Gokulashtami series
for the year 2002. He was honoured by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam as the
'Asthaana Vidwan' in October 2007. He received the title 'Yuva Kala
Bharathi' from Bharath Kalachar in December 2007.
Sri K.V. Gopalakrishnan is a B-high graded artiste of All India Radio,
Chennai both in Kanjira and Mrdangam. He has performed in all the
leading sabhas in Chennai and on several occasions in many places
across India, Europe, U.S.A and Australia.
The Cowles Auditorium is
located across the street from the 19th
Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey
Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
Ramp is also convenient.
Center, University of Minnesota,
To get to the 19th Ave
- 35W to U of MN
exit (Washington Ave
S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St
S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- I94 to Cedar Ave
S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S.
East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave
SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on
Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
IMSOM’s Spring 2013 Concert
Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Arts
Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the
Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for
Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity
of its members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI
Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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